By Tim Altom (?-?).
First appearance: Galaxy, October 1974.
Short short story (9 pages).
Reprinted in Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine (UK), October 1974.
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
"Where the checkerboard goes on and on . . ."Who says criminals can't make a contribution to society?
- We couldn't find word one about our author.
- The last time we saw a story character caught up in a situation like this one was (HERE).
The bottom line: "From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent."